Climate Change

September Ties for Warmest on Record

Matches average highs from 2005


It's been a warm year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Officials at the federal agency say that September 2012 broke records, making it one of the warmest months of record and tying it with 2005 for the warmest on record around the globe.

Last month's average temperature was 60.2 F worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal, according to the U.S. agency tasked with tracking weather patterns around the world.  The NOAA report said that the higher-than-average temperatures occurred mostly in southern Greenland, Paraguay, northern Argentina, western Australia, Japan, Russia and Canada. The U.S. itself was not particularly warm in September, however, being only the 23rd warmest September on record.